Although customers can already download version 4.6 of Microsoft Application Virtualization, the Redmond-based company is now offering for download the second major upgrade to its predecessor. Application Virtualization (App-V) 4.5 Service Pack 2 (SP2) is now available through the Microsoft Download Center, bringing to the table the latest updates to App-V 4.5. The main changes highlighted by the software giant for the evolution of App-V 4.5 with the release of SP2 involve virtualization support of Office 2010 and of SQL Mirroring.

“This service pack provides the latest updates to Microsoft Application Virtualization 4.5. Because Microsoft Application Virtualization service packs are cumulative, you do not have to install Service Pack 1 before you install Service Pack 2. Service Pack 2 includes all of the fixes that were included in Service Pack 1,” Microsoft revealed. More »

Customers running the latest iteration of the Windows client now have a refreshed version of a package of solution accelerators available. On April 1, 2010, the refreshed version of Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP) 2010 was released. In fact, MSDN and TechNet subscribers can already download the MDOP 2010 Refresh bits and test drive the new release. At the same time, existing MDOP customers have the new MDOP 2010 release available for download at the Volume Licensing Service Center (VLSC).

“As planned, the update for MDOP 2010 includes: Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualization (MED-V) 1.0 SP1 – now available for production deployment on Windows 7. Microsoft Application Virtualization (App-V) 4.6 – localized client versions and additional languages support (App-V 4.6 English version was released on February 22, 2010),” revealed Ran Oelgiesser, senior product manager for MED-V.

For those unfamiliar with the Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack, MDOP 2010 is a combination of no less than six technologies/solution accelerators, including: Microsoft Application Virtualization (App-V), Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualization (MED-V), Microsoft Advanced Group Policy Management (AGPM), Microsoft Asset Inventory Service (AIS), Microsoft Diagnostics and Recovery Toolset (DaRT), and Microsoft System Center Desktop Error Monitoring (DEM). MED-V in particular is designed to help corporate customers deal with incompatibility issues with Windows 7. More »

Application Virtualization (App-V) 4.6 is one of the key components of the Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack 2010, a release which is tailored specifically to Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2 and Office 2010. Microsoft Software Assurance customers can access App-V 4.6 immediately via MDOP 2010. In addition, the Redmond company has made available the solution accelerator to MDOP customers via MDOP 2010 which is available for download via the Microsoft Volume Licensing Site (MVLS). In addition, customers that only want to evaluate MDOP 2010, can grab the bits from MSDN and TechNet.

“App-V will help save money immediately by freeing up administration time from IT and enhance end-user productivity. It is an out-of-the-box platform to enable you to migrate your applications and deploy Windows 7 faster and easier. We offer much tighter integration with more products (Office 2010, SCCM, 3rd Party Distribution Systems) and we support both Windows 32/64-bit applications and x86/x64 platforms on desktops as well as Terminal Servers. App-V client deployment is easy and plugs into your existing deployment workflows,” revealed Karri Alexion-Tiernan, director of Product Management for App-V. More »